Lawyers fear for life of Russian hacker arrested in US
Evgeny Nikulin was detained in 2016 in Prague at the request of US intelligence agencies.
Russian lawyers of Evgeny Nikulin, who is doing time in a US prison, fear that he may commit suicide. A citizen of the Russian Federation accused of cyber attacks has recently faced under intense pressure, according to Izvestia.
According to the newspaper, Nikulin is brought to court sessions by force and handcuffed. The accused does not admit his guilt and demands "to stop mocking him." Also, the Russian hacker continues to be kept in solitary confinement, which negatively affects his mental state, in the opinion of his defense.
“The client refused to join the last hearing, but the judge ordered him to be taken by force. He was just dragged to the hearing. It is not clear why they need such tough measures. After all, US law allows judging a client in his absence. <...> We are afraid of his transfer to the general regime colony, as the Santa Rita prison keeps representatives of the Mara Salvatrucha gang. It's just killers and thugs. Evgeny is a puny and intelligent young man. Therefore, the situation is challenging, and Evgeny is shocked,” lawyer of Nikulin Arkady Bukh told Izvestia.
As the source of Izvestia reports, the Prosecutor's Office offers Nikulin a deal and a reduction of the prison term to 10 years, but he continues to insist on his complete innocence.
Evgeny Nikulin was detained in 2016 in Prague at the request of US intelligence agencies. The Prosecutor's Office said that millions of people were affected out of identity theft from LinkedIn and other servers. In March 2018, Czech authorities extradited the Russian to the US.
Presumably, it concerns the US response to Ukraine’s help in the investigation against Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the 2020 presidential election, who allegedly was in collusion with Kiev during the previous campaign.